MEFS Exchange course & Symposium- ASRM2013

PG05: A Simplified Risk-Free IVF Without Compromising Outcome

Date: October 12, 2013

Time: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Mohamed Aboulghar, M.D. (Chair), Cairo University and the Egyptian IVF Center

Mina Alikani, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., North Shore University Hospital

Paul Devroey, M.D., Ph.D., University Hospital Brussels

David R. Meldrum, M.D., Reproductive Partners Medical Group, Inc.


Developed in Cooperation with the Middle East Fertility Society

Patient care 


The success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is affected by patients’ reproductive status, the stimulation protocol and the quality of gametes and embryos. These parameters can vary greatly among IVF clinics. It is necessary to optimize the clinical and laboratory procedures to ensure the highest quality embryos. This live course for physicians, nurses and laboratory staff of IVF clinics is designed to highlight the latest medical evidence in assisted reproductive technology. The course will describe how to simplify the IVF procedure beginning with stimulation protocols. The faculty will address minimal monitoring, newer options for triggering ovulation, assuring safety of IVF by prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and multiple pregnancy, and simplifying the laboratory and freezing procedures without reducing the pregnancy rate.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Perform natural- and clomiphene-cycle IVF.
  2. Describe the soft protocols for ovarian stimulation in IVF.
  3. Explore newer options for triggering ovulation with minimum risk.
  4. Avoid OHSS in performing IVF.
  5. Discuss the benefits and risks of single-embryo transfer and cryopreservation.